Factors countervailing immigrant phobia: A paradoxically successful case of Chinese migration

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The purpose of the research was to reveal the hidden
ingredients that can make migration successful in a European society
prone, to immigrant phobia. The case of the Chinese migration to Romania
was studied as an apparently paradoxical one: with all the factors that
normally trigger immigrant phobia in place, the coexistence of the dominant
and migrant group is peaceful. The study was conducted as a quantitative
research meant to test the hypothesis that the positive attitude of Romanians
towards Chinese migrants is influenced by their early and exclusive contact
with the Chinese imported goods, during the Communist dictatorship of
Ceausescu. In turn, the hypothesis was derived by using theories, secondary
data and the author’s previous knowledge. Data on both independent and
dependent variables were collected by a poll financed with the author’s own
funds and done by a specialized institute, and then analyzed using SPSS to
test the degree of correlation and signification. The results proved relevant
and they are further discussed in a socio-psychological analytical frame,
leading to the conclusion that previous contacts with trade as a vector of
a culture soften the interaction with migrants linked to that culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages17
JournalRomanian Review of Political Science and International Relations
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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